Stunning Baubles with Alysn Midgelow-Marsden

Alysn Midgelow-Marsden

13 Nov

OPEN Ealing Arts Centre W5 2TD

Fee: £95 Full Price; £85 Retiree Price; £75 Concession Price

Class details

Join us for a NEW one day workshop, Stunning Baubles with Alysn Midgelow-Marsden. During the day you create attractive baubles inspired by hanging pomanders, Christingles, fruits and seedpods hanging from trees. The workshop is suitable for artists with all levels of experience.

Sunday 13 November

10am – 4pm

Fee: £95 Full Price; £85 Retiree Price; £75 Concession Price

The fee includes light refreshments and most materials.

Limited to 8 artists

During the day you’ll create heaps of texture, colours and sumptuous surfaces using

  • needle felted, gilded and stitched surfaces
  • subtle glints of knitted metal fabrics
  • flourishes of beads and metal plate couching

You’ll use textures and colours to create sumptuous surfaces and develop baubles and padded shapes; then link them with a ribbon and hang your project for everyone to see.

During the day you’ll have time to make around 3 shapes and leave with ideas and materials to take your project further in your own time.

We aim to provide most, if not all, the materials you need or want to use to create Stunning Baubles with Alysn and there will be starter kits available to purchase. We’ve listed the equipment we shall provide in the materials section below. If you have a specific colour scheme in mind, or would like to bring additional material to work on your project, please do.

No matter your level of experience, everyone is welcome to join this course. We have a fun and supportive environment that is ideal for learning new techniques and sharing ideas.

We provide light refreshments throughout the day, but please bring your lunch. Or you could visit our neighbouring cafes in Dickens Yard – there are lots to choose from.


We provide:

A firm, thick foam pad for your felting base

A needle felting tool with fine or medium needles and 4-5 spares. (An individual fine needle or a multi needle tool) and/or an embellisher machine

Hand sewing requisites including needles, a large sharp needle such as a chenille or upholstery needle and sewing scissors

15 x 20cm each of base fabrics such as velvet and felt. (3 per participant)

Fusible web (Transfer adhesive/bondaweb)

Scraps of Sari silk ribbon; fine/thin fabrics or sheers, silk, banana, soy, wool type loose fibres, fine chiffons, Hot Fix Angelina fibres

Thin Chiffon ribbons 75cm approx. per student

Hand embroidery threads

Beads – A selection of sizes, types and colours

3 Polystyrene balls/shapes between approx. 3 and 10 cm diameter

wire knitted tube

0.003”/0.004” copper shim


Course Details

OPEN Ealing Arts Centre W5 2TD

Dates: 13 Nov -
Sunday 10:00 am
Fees: Fee: £95 Full Price; £85 Retiree Price; £75 Concession Price

About the tutor

Alysn Midgelow-Marsden

Alysn Midgelow-Marsden has been described as an energiser and inspirer for her art making and her teaching practice. She is a maker of inspiring and visually compelling forms comprising three-dimensional lines, structures and patterns in complex, lyrical fluidities using media such as textiles, wires, metals and plastics.

Alysn says: “There are two major factors in my life which ran side by side for many years, moved apart and are now intertwined once again.

  • The first is that I can’t remember a time when I didn’t spend time ‘making’, or stitching. These efforts were not always successful, but we all have to start somewhere! As I grew older my creative efforts included painting and poetry but always included fibre arts.
  • The second major influence is a combination of biochemistry, marine biology and conservation which were my degree subjects. I think that my approach to my art and my world view is informed by the investigative, experimental exploration which is the basis of the scientific method.

My work concentrates on the themes of place, culture and stereotypes associated with textiles; and the coastal and marine environment – it’s beauty, raw energy and challenges.
In psychological terms we see not only individual objects, but their edges. It is a dynamic space in which we find tensions and strange interactions. These interferences touch on inter- and intra- personal interactions. Your viewpoint is everything; the approach and personal interaction with the pieces is everything.”

Her practice creates an invitation for you to experience personal connections through viscerally emotive interactions. The work is driven by curiosity about science, the psyche and the marine environment, and are marked visually by a complex and raw yet lyrical fluidity.

Alysn’s works stretch traditional definitions of media and dissolve boundaries between sculpture, installation and video works, often incorporating metal, wire, fibre, textile and stitch.

Recent awards for selected exhibitions include: Mandurah Wearable Art (Australia) for ‘What Lies Beneath’; ‘Wall Brooches II’, (Australia) for ‘Taniwha’; ‘Changing Threads’ Nelson Arts ‘Bernina Award’ for ‘The Space Between VII’. (New Zealand)

Published books:

‘Between the Sheets with Angelina’
‘This Lustr’ed Cloth’

‘Stitch, Fibre, Metal and Mixed Media’

I: @alysnmmart


I: @takingtextilesfurther

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